Check out the Ford Mustang GT as it attempts to fend off the new kid on the block, the 2020 Toyota Supra.
On the surface, this matchup seems a little unusual. The Ford Mustang GT is somewhere around $10,000 cheaper than the new Toyota Supra MkV even when considering that the model Throttle House has brought to the track has the Performance Pack 1 upgrade. It’s also got way more horsepower thanks to a 5.0-L Coyote V8 dishing out 460 ponies.
And while there are definite questions as to how much of the new Supra is Toyota-built and how much is sourced from BMW (not the least of which being its turbocharged 3.0-L inline 6-cylinder engine), the Supra is still no slouch. With 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque, the Supra can hit zero to sixty in just 4.1 seconds and its perfect 50:50 weight distribution will give it an advantage on a winding track.
However, the Supra is hiding a surprise. Dyno testing from various publications has revealed the Supra’s actual power output as closer to 375 horsepower and over 400 lb-ft of torque. Real-world zero to sixty is done in the high 3-second range instead of the low 4-second range, and according to Throttle House test driver Thomas, its Toyota-tuned suspension lets the Supra effortlessly glide around corners.
These two powerful sports cars are stacked head-to-head to see which of them is the fastest in both drag and time-attack races. But first, we start with a drag race.
Here, the Mustang has a clear advantage as the more powerful car, but the Supra is a few hundred pounds lighter. Will it be enough to keep it ahead down the quarter-mile?
It’s closer than we expected, but the superior grunt from the Mustang’s 5.0-L V8 is enough to carry it over the finish line a few car lengths ahead of the Supra.
Next we have a track battle between these two cars where things are even closer. Both vehicles look smooth and composed around the windmill-laden course, with the Supra just managing to beat the Mustang around corners thanks to its fancy suspension tuning and better weight distribution.
The final times are close, but the Supra manages to win by just over a tenth of a second. However, a previous lap time set by the Performance Pack 2-equipped GT was even faster than the Supra, and the Honda Civic Type R was faster still.